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Poster: gmcgill Date: Apr 16, 2012 8:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: what was the first concert you ever attended....

and I think within the next year or two, I saw Jimi Hendrix in Ft Worth, Janis Joplin in Dallas, Santana in Ft. Worth, and The Doors in Dallas (2nd Show, Jim Morrison was basically drunk with his back to the audience the entire time). and about any other show that made it to Dallas/Ft. Worth.

One of my most memorable shows from that period was Lee Michaels, just he and Frosty on drums. Stormy Monday.....
(I'm thinking he might have been the opening act for Steppenwolf, but I remember Lee better than Steppenwolf)

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Apr 16, 2012 11:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: what was the first concert you ever attended....

Impressive. Good thing you saw Jimi, Janis and Morrison while you had the chance! I'm guessing you probably feel the same way about Santana. I doubt whether his shows got any better after that. By the mid-70s, his shows had become 2-3 killer songs and a bunch of B-side crap peppered in to fill out the sets.

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Poster: gmcgill Date: Apr 16, 2012 1:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: what was the first concert you ever attended....

little did I know it was just in time. Although the "concert event" surrounding all these was a big deal at the time (as was every concert I went to), in reality, my recollection is that the Hendrix concert was mediocre (seemed to be "phoning it in"), Janis was a bit out of it and/or there were sound problems (I recall being disappointed), and as I mentioned Morrison was drunk by the second show. But they were all fun "events"....

Of all these shows I mentioned, Santana was probably the best actual show. He was hot off of Woodstock and his first album was just released. And the opening band was The Elvin Bishop Group (doing excellent R&B).

I used my Christmas money that year to purchase:

Led Zeppelin II
The Band (the second album)
Santana (first album)